Making a Murderer: A Discussion with the Creators
The Irish Innocence Project at Griffith College had two very special guest speakers today - Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, the creators of Making a Murderer. Making a Murderer is a hugely popular documentary about the wrongful conviction and trial of Steven Avery. A Google search for "making a murderer" brings back 57,700,000 results, which just shows how much conversation has been created around it since it debuted on Netflix less than six months ago in December 2015.
"It's an experience that changed us and an experience that we tried to offer to our viewers and that's another reason why we fought so hard to make this a series." - Moira Demos
The talk was facilitated by Anne Driscoll, who introduced the two filmmakers and put forward questions from our law students. Both Laura and Moira provided fascinating insights into both the flawed American criminal justice system and the 10 year process of creating Making a Murderer. Questions ranged from how close did they get to people in the documentary such as Steven's parents to specific moments in the documentary like Ken Kratz's controversial press conference and how they stayed objective throughout shooting and editing.
Check out the full talk here:
The Irish Innocence Project at Griffith College is one of the most unique Innocence Projects as it's only one of two that includes both law and journalism students. This April, they will be running a workshop for students to experience what's involved in working on Innocence Project cases. You can find out more about the workshop here.